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2nd National Women in Blues Festival

Celebrate the Arts presents, the 2nd National Women in Blues Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, November 2nd & 3rd on the lower level of the Water Street Parking Deck, over looking the Cape Fear River. The Festival not only brings in women blues artists from all over the country, its ticket profits benefit many women's charities including; Domestic Violence, Rape Crisis, CARE of UNCW, and the Full Belly Project.

This year's headliners are well-known to blue's lovers worldwide. Friday night, November 2nd sees none other than the Georgia Songbird and six time Blues Music Award nominee, EG Kight. Her music has been on the Billboard charts and she has shared the stage with notables like; Taj Mahal, Delbert McClinton, Phoebe Snow, and Merle Haggard.

Saturday night, November 3rd headliner is Deanna Bogart, who will be coming fresh from the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue, sharing the stage with Tommy Castro Band, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Magic Dick. Deanna also was nominated as Best Instrumentalist for the 2007 Blues Music Awards. She will be appearing at the National Women in Blues Festival with The Deanna Bogart Band.

Blues women from around the country will appear on this Festival's stage, including artists from the West Coast like Lara Price and Laura Chavez, Suzanne Thomas and the Blues Church and the Queen of Steam, Michele Lundeen. New York hails solo artist Sarah Lemieux. Back from Arkansas, Big Red & the Soul Benders. Southeast artists include; Robin Rogers (finalist in the 2004 International Blues Challenge), Patty Benson, The Grit Pixies and the regions Grandmother of Blues, Rose Lucas. Hailing from Chicago is Juke Joint Judy. A surprise this year is an international artist, Sophie Kay from France. We have a few other artists confirming so check the web site line up!

Event founder and coordinator, Michele Seidman (of Michele & The Midnight Blues) is pleased to announce the addition of a compilation CD, in conjunction with JoMar Records. The artists chosen are as far away as Australia and Paris and as near as your own backyard. They include Sandy Atkinson, Julie Black, Kelly Dees, Nicole Hart Band, Michele Lundeen, Pat Hunter, Sophie Kay, Patty Benson, Andrea Marr, Octavia, Laura Price Band, Michele & The Midnight Blues, Peggy Ratusz, Suzanne Thomas & the Blues Church, Gina Sicilia, and Sarah Lemieux. This CD will be on sale at the festival and available on line through JoMor Record and their distributors!

For blues lovers and music fans of every age, this is an event not to miss. Compilation CDs will be available at the Festival and soon online. For more information go to www.NationalWomenInBlues.com, where you will find more on the line-up and direct contact information, or you can email Wilmywoodmayor@aol.com . To sample the artists music check our friends list at www.myspace.com/nationalwomeninblues



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